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Located 30-miles south of Puerto Vallarta floating above the Bay of Banderas, embraced by the mountains of the Valle de la Sierra Oriental, carved out of lush Mexican jungle on a hillside rests Verana. It is as unusual as it is remote. Unique design that is rustic yet sophisticated. Designed for travelers with a sense of adventure and appreciation of tranquility and natural beauty. An indoor/outdoor Spa adds to the amenities of a luxurious getaway.
Okay, so this place is pretty amazing, undoubtedly. The views incredible, the staff friendly, rooms clean, and generally well maintained and the breakfasts were delicious. It's quiet and peaceful and is near a lovely little village, Yelapa, that has no cars and it's own kind of rustic charm. So far so good. We stayed for 4 nights in the v-house (huge open air jungle lodge) We went on a horse ride to the waterfalls, has a deep tissue massage (my girlfriend anyway, who said it was very good) and did the paradise picnic. And this is where one of the problems occurred. We're were promised isolation on a secluded beach .. What we go was a beach where at least 35 other people came a shore, many of whom were whooping and carrying on...spoiling the beauty and romantic nature of the trip somewhat. While this incident certainly wasn't the fault of Verana directly, we felt what they were selling they couldn't deliver on. It was priced at 130usd for an okay picnic and for a boat trip of 15 mins.. They actually doubled it up with a transfer to the airport for another couple and forgot the snorkelling equipment (they did deliver some an hour an half after we were dropped off). When we complained we were initially told no beach is private and it wasn't their fault.. Which annoyed us a little. Eventually the manager Alex apologised after we confronted him and offered a discount or a bottle of wine.. But the damage was done. Because the prices here are top whack, you expect something pretty special and on occasion it felt it was a little slapdash in the approach.. Fine if it were half the price, but not when they price it firmly in the top end bracket. The food was very good, but lacked choice for vegetarians (something quite common in Mexico actually, vegetarianism not being their preferred diet) So, in summary, go here for an experience of terrific peacefulness and tranquility. But don't expect to get anything above what you pay for, and in some instances, you may get well below.
Getting to Verana is advertised as being part of the adventure. After planes, automobiles and a panga ride down the coast, we were greeted at the private dock by Chantal who guided us to the resort. The initial shabby, even slightly dilapidated, feel quickly transitioned into a rustic bohemian ambiance during the 20-minute climb. Verana has 10 "houses," each uniquely designed, open-walled but very private. As introvert travelers our preference for off-season paid off again, as only 4 houses were "open" and we shared the resort with just 2 couples. Our room was rightfully named the Palapa- it was spacious, private, with a thatched roof, no walls and a paradise view. It boasted a large daybed, ceiling fans, stocked mini-fridge and adequate plugs. WIFI was a little slow at times and there were limited options for fitness. The main bar was stocked with Mexican tequila, some rum and limited Mexican wine and beer - but almost nothing else. The restaurant served a fixed menu and the food, in general, was excellent. See more on blogspot talaria and petasos.
Verana is hands down the best boutique hotel I've stayed at in Mexico. The property is set on a hill, a moderately steep hike but fortunately for only about 15 mins or so, that affords a hard to beat view of the pacific, bay of Banderas, and in the distance Puerto Vallarta. There are 10 or so unique 'houses' on the property. We stayed in the Casa Piedra, one of the few(2?) that had four walls and AC. We loved this bungalow. It has a huge patio, 2 rooms, set above and behind the bar and restaurants, and below the library and pool area. Frankly, I think it's the best situated on the property and we didn't feel the presence of any of the other 'houses.' I do believe, that they've designed the place so that they all feel this way. Not only was our house beautiful, but the landscaping, the grounds and all buildings on the property, are elegantly designed for aesthetic appreciation and solitude. Additionally, the food was amazing. Every dish, every meal, was far above par -- gourmet I should say, and ALL ingredients fresh. I wish I had scheduled the cooking classes and learned from the chefs myself! The staff complimented all of the above! They were helpful, and more importantly fun to be around! My wife and 3 others took the boat ride out for a beach / lunch day, and the staff found them whales, dolphins and rays along the way. I cannot compliment Verana for their choice in staff and training. We made use of their Yoga studio, which is open to the air and again affords an amazing beach / ocean view. Do partake, the Yoga instructor is an excellent teacher of technique, patience and peacfulness. Lastly, the town of Yelapa is only a 20 min hike down the hill and along the water. I recommend heading down there and having the Yelapa Mechilada. Ask anyone at Verana to give you some tips on how to find the guy. It's not hard, but you need the tips, for it's easy to make the wrong left or walk right by him. Best Mechilada you'll ever have. Drink it there and enjoy the pueblo people-watching. Over all, we loved this place and must get back!
My husband and I went to Verana for our honeymoon and found it to be the most serene and restful place we have ever experienced. The hospitality of the staff was another perk of our time there as well, we loved Chuy and Erique especially! The beauty is unparalleled there and little details of food and where you stay you will really enjoy. Some of my favorites were the little spa treats they have in your room for you to try: these natural scrubs and lotions that felt amazing on my skin. Another was the coffee and muffins brought to your room in the mornings......held in a birdcage! Everything reflected design and thoughtfulness and if you are an artist you will be very inspired! We stayed in Tea House and it was lovely, private, and the views were worth it. We spent many hours looking out at the sunrise and sunset! Also, the Evening Under The Stars package is worth every dime!!!!! I have never seen such unique beauty....all the candles, the spa bath is coconut milk and there is fresh hibiscus lemonade.....I mean, we felt like we were in paradise. Lastly, snorkeling is a must do. We went with Alex, awesome guy, and he even took us to a little private beach. And the food.......wow. It will be some of the best you have ever tasted, and you will be SOOO full from each meal. We absolutely love Verana and plan to go back for an anniversary. Bugs are not a big deal, I did get nervous about scorpions, but never saw one during my time! Verana is simple, luxurious, incredibly restful, and feels almost European- we are big fans!
When my husband bought birthday plane tickets to PV and let me plan the trip I stumbled upon this gem. It is paradise and a unique experience like none other we’ve had. We stayed in the V-House for the two of us it was maybe little too much house but the setting was secluded and incredible. Each night you walk back to your house fully lit in tea light candles, there are great little touches everywhere including coffee waiting each morning at your steps. Romance was through the roof on the spa evening under the stars...seriously was a night we will remember for the rest of our lives. WOW they out did even what I could have dreamed up!! Get the meal plan, it makes life so easy and the people you eat with each night are fun and you can engage as much or as little as you want. The chefs are doing a brilliant job especially when you take the remote location of this place into account. Expect fresh fish they probably caught that day...delicious!!!!! I fell in love with the entire staff, every single one of them was helpful and amazing. I look forward to returning and highly recommend Verana❤️